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Difference between Moon Sign and Sun Sign in Astrology :

In astrology, the Moon sign and Sun sign are two important components of a person's astrological profile. The main difference between the two lies in the characteristics they represent.

The Sun sign, also known as the zodiac sign, is determined by the position of the Sun at the time of a person's birth. It represents the core essence of an individual's personality, their ego, and conscious self-expression. It is commonly associated with traits, behaviors, and the general impression one makes on others. It is also called as one’s professional zodiac sign. Western Astrologers give more importance to the Sun Sign. The fixed Sun sign dates in astrology are based on the position of the Sun in the zodiac at a specific time of the year. The zodiac is divided into 12 equal parts, with each part representing a particular sign. The 12 Zodiac Signs along with their dates are given below :


  1. Aries - March 21 - April 19

  2. Taurus - April 20 – May 20

  3. Gemini - May 21- June 21

  4. Cancer - June 22- July 22

  5. Leo - July 23 – August 22

  6. Virgo - August 23 – September 22

  7. Libra - September 23 – October 23

  8. Scorpio - October 24 – November 21

  9. Sagittarius - November 22 – December 21

  10. Capricorn - December 22 – January 19

  11. Aquarius - January 20 – February 18

  12. Pisces - February 19 – March 20


On the other hand, the Moon sign is determined by the position of the Moon at the time of birth. It reflects one’s psyche. Indian Astrologers value moon sign over sun sign. Indian Astrology is almost 50 to 60% based upon the position of moon in the given birthchart. The mahadasha, nakshtra, focal point for gochar readings etc. depends upon the moon’s position.

To illustrate the difference, let's consider a person born on 27nd May 1996 at 17.00. This person’s Sun Sign is going to be Gemini and Moon Sign will be Virgo – Uttara-Phalguni Nakshtra. So this person will show characteristics of both Gemini and Virgo (predominantly Mercury as both are signs ruled by Mercury)

For finding out position of Moon – there are multiple apps in the market like astrosage – that will calculate the moon’s position for you. You just have to put the date, time and place of birth.

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